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Villagers living near old toxic waste dumps dubbed ‘the most contaminated in England’ claim ground investigations work into a new housing development has left them suffering with stroke-like symptoms.

Plans to build 630 new homes near three dump sites in Somercotes, Derbyshire, have been approved despite fierce opposition.

The development lies on the site of a former quarry and coal mine which was turned into a dump to bury hundreds of thousands of tonnes of industrial waste in the 1960s and 70s.

Since the bulldozers started clearing the site several months ago, some residents claim they have been struck down with mystery illnesses.

Grandmother Hannah Tomlinson was rushed to hospital after suffering stroke-like symptoms while an elderly man collapsed with a seizure.

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Another resident, whose garden backs onto the site, says their cat collapsed and died shortly after the bulldozers moved in.

Hannah, 53, has lived in the area with her husband Steve for more than 20 years.

She said: ‘If it [my ill health] continues, we’ll probably have to move.

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